I flipped on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" shortly after 7am (Central) today, and lo and behold, shock of shocks, there was Mr. Morning himself delving once again into the mysteries of what Nancy Pelosi knew and when she knew it -- but chiefly the ensuing discussion was an opportunity for Joe to merely once again castigate the speaker for her political "self-righteousness."
First of all, Joe had chosen "network correspondent" Norah O'Donnell with whom to re-review and rehash surely this most monumental of cosmic issues: Ms. O'Donnell, whose on-air specialty is simply to work in as many giggles and audible laughs as humanly possible. Gee, that makes me feel warm and fuzzy; she's just our typical girl next door.
But a deep thinker and profound debater she ain't -- well chosen, Joe; just your intellectual speed. So sure enough, she didn't quite get around to telling Joe to grow up and focus with equal ardency on something that actually matters to viewers' lives.
Yet second and far more dismaying (although a bit laughable), there was Joe Scarborough, one of the most prominently self-righteous pols from the Clinton-impeachment era of the late 1990s, emphasizing his transcendent disdain for ... yep ... self-righteous pols.
Occasionally I see glimmers of hope for Mr. Scarborough. He really gets wound when discussing the errant ways of the Bush administration and its equally errant Congressional allies, his former Republican colleagues.
But like Michael's mob, Joe's old and partisan ways always seem to pull him back in, just when we think he's crawling his way out.
Then again, I suppose he does professionally understand the ratings game, even if he was once a trifle foggy on constitutional law and remains hopelessly adrift as to the meaning of world-class hypocrisy.